My son was gifted ‘his’ gargoyle many years ago to stand vigilant over his play fort. While the play fort has been dismantled (and re-built for our goats 🙂 ), this little gargoyle cement figure now happily resides in my garden.
Gargoyles have been a part of history and architecture since the early days of the ancient Greek and Egyptian empires. They are most commonly associated with medieval lore and often have a fearsome appearance, presumably wielding the power to ward off evil spirits. Many Greek gargoyles are often seen as happy or jolly characters and are often seen mounted on the parapets of many public buildings or spewing water as part of a public fountain.
Many gargoyles take the shape of animals, especially reptiles. Often dragon-like in appearance, their gaze was usually facing down from the structure and thought to be the guardians of sacred places or great treasure troves.
The history and lore of garden gargoyle figures takes many forms. Garden gargoyles may represent combinations of human and animal forms sometimes taking on the appearance of hooded monks and friars. Just as they may be used to ward off evil, they were thought to have other uses, such as avoiding the wages of sin as well as be a powerful force used to keep people from straying into a life of eternal damnation.
Whether you’re a gardener seeking to ward off evil spirits or simply a fan of medieval mythology and religious history, perhaps you’ll ‘invite’ a garden gargoyle to stand vigil in your garden?